The scene of repeated struggles for control between Spain and
England throughout it's early history, the Georgia question was
finally settled by British general James Oglethorpe, who defeated
Spanish invaders in the Battle
of Bloody Marsh in 1742.
center of Confederate military activity during the American Civil War, Georgia suffered at the hands of Union general William T. Sherman who burned Atlanta to
the ground in 1864 before cutting a 60-mile-wide path of destruction in his "march to the sea", finally capturing Savannah a month later.
Today, Atlanta has emerged as a major American communications and transportation hub, while still holding onto its agricultural roots. Cosmopolitan Atlanta offers sophisticated nightlife, historic treasures, and is home to the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest.
Georgia's major attractions include the urban charm and nightlife of Atlanta (left), the southern hospitality
of scenic Savannah (middle) and the awesome natural wonders of Okefenokee Swamp (right).
the Georgia Aquarium, other Atlanta must-sees for kids includes the World
of Coca-Cola for an entertaining look at the history of the famous soft drink, or a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden with fun activities and a stroll around the Children's Garden. In summer, also don't miss Centennial
Olympic Park for a big splash at the Fountain of Rings and
other fun kid-friendly attractions.
While in Savannah,
there's no better way to get acquainted with the city than on
a hop-on, hop-off trolley tour with stops at all major attractions, Yet more history is in store at the historic downtown
district at Ships
of the Sea for a look back at the city's maritime past.
• The world's largest sculpture depicts Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, and Robert E. Lee on the face of Stone Mountain. Located outside Atlanta, it was one of Georgia's most popular tourist attractions.
• Scenic Savannah is one of the most filmed locations in the state. It has been the backlot for such Hollywood movies as Forrest Gump (1994), Something to Talk About (1995), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Magic Mike XXL (2015), and many more.
• Proclaimed the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World, Macon has more cherry blossoms than any other city on the planet, including Tokyo and Washington, D.C.